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Picture Update from ~ 5:30 pm onwards Indian Time; Monday Dec 1st from the Leopold Cafe!
Met fellow twitter organizer Netra at the Leopold Cafe, Mumbai. After the shooting on Wednesday night, it had opened for the first time. It was not as raucous inside and much fewer foreigners (understandably). Many onlookers had to be kept out by guys manning the several doors. Several media folks were inside taking pics as well.
Perhaps she was reminiscing of others who had lost their lives at these very tables!
Farzad (right) was very thankful for the public support for Leopold, “people are supporting each other.” He mentioned how on the night of the attack, complete strangers on the streets helped put victims into cabs and took them to hospitals! But he asks furiously, “Why did this happen?”
Farzad is of the Zoroastrian faith and sports a beautiful Asho Fravara on his neck. Cool!
Walked over to the Taj. Ofcourse it is still barricaded and it too has become a public attraction. Security guards were welding metal barricades by the gates and the sidewalk was boarded up. Apparently the renovations would take a year. After posting so many mumbai terror pics, I just don’t feel like sharing more pics of the scarred and fire damaged Taj. We’ll wait for the renovated Taj!
Finally, many small vendors like these channa wallahs, were out trying to earn a living. These hard working souls at the “bottom of the economic pyramid” were the most affected. They make only a few rupees each day selling warm peanuts and chickpeas (called channa) to those visiting the Gateway of India. I hope they make brisk business.
Here is a close up of their basket. Peanuts on the left and channa (chickpeas) on the right. The metal pot with burning coal keeps the nuts warm and crisp. These are served in cones turned from old paper seen on the left edge of his basket. A cone full costs about two rupees (4 cents, US)
I want to share some pics from the day the operations ended; Life had already started to bounce back! Folks just could not stay cooped any longer.
My favorite eating place on Colaba Causeway, “Kamats” opened. Now after I come back from my run, I can get a plate of steaming Upma (savory cream of whaat) and shira (cream of wheat pudding).
At the Poornima Juice Center on Colaba Causeway, freshly squeezed sugarcane juice (Ganna ras) can now soothe parched throats, for 8 rupees (16 cents, US).
This kid serving me was delighted to serve me after a break of a few days. Such small family business were hurt most by the terror strikes and the associated curfew.
In other parts of the city, kids were thrilled to be at the shop selling kites!
And these kids got great pleasure from spinning these wooden tops. The top is a simple wooden cone with a nail in the center. A thread is wound around the grooves of the top and kids expertly flick the top. As a kid, I could do this reasonably well; now I was sure to embarrass myself and wisely did not offer to flick the top. The little girl was ecstatic she was being photographed! Oh the simple joys! These kids have likely never seen a Gameboy.
Nearby, adults shared a cutting chai (tea, 1 small glass tumbler split and shared by two)